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At PACO, we work to promote the interests of paralegals, foster relationships with the legal community, serve the public, advocate the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and endorse the mission of PACO.
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August 18: General Membership Meeting

August 27: Legal Insights

September 24: Workers' Compensation Roundtable

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Message from PACO President

With guidance from our Governor, state public health officials and the CDC, many live PACO events will be offered online, postponed or cancelled. These decisions have been made due to increasing concerns about COVID19 and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of PACO members, sustaining members, sponsors and guests at PACO events.

August 2020 General Membership Meeting

PACO's Programs Committee has been busy coordinating General Membership Meetings which are held monthly at the Columbus Bar Association, from 12 Noon- 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Nick Tuell, Public Information Officer from Maryellen O'Shaughnessy's office
Topic: Updates from the Franklin County Clerk's office and COVID-19 upgrades
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Time: 12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Place: Zoom Meeting (Zoom link will be provided closer to the actual date of the event)
Registration for Event: Wild Apricot - https://paco.wildapricot.org (go to calendar; select the date/event to register)

Programs Committee – Introducing ‘Legal Insights’

The PACO Programs Committee is introducing ‘Legal Insights’ which will be an opportunity for the Programs Committee to invite speakers to speak on specific legal topics for PACO members in additional to what is currently offered in our General Membership meetings. These sessions will be via Zoom only, and will be held on the last Thursday of each month. The first Legal Insights has been scheduled in August, be sure to sign up!

Speaker: Kari E. Murphy, Esq., Columbus Bar Association
Topic: An overview of the new notary laws, including information on online notary, best practices for traditional notaries, and updates since the new law went into effect

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020
Time: 12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Place: Zoom Meeting (Zoom link will be provided closer to the actual date of the event)
NFPA CLE Credit: General 1.0 Hours available and you will receive a Certificate of Attendance
Registration for Event: Wild Apricot - https://paco.wildapricot.org (go to calendar; select the date/event to register)

PACO - Update from the Pro Bono Committee

As a follow-up to the announcement in PACO News on April 30, 2020, PACO’s Pro Bono Committee purchased ten (10) Dell Inspiron 3000 Series laptops for exclusive use at our PACO / LASC Pro Bono Wills Clinics. Each laptop has been loaded with all the software and documents, and they are ready for use!

However, it is looking like the Pro Bono Committee probably will not be resuming Wills Clinic services this year in 2020. As you can imagine, the COVID-19 dynamic is exponentially more dramatic for the residents whom we serve at senior citizen retirement communities, making it impractical and logistically unfeasible for us to provide in-person Wills Clinics at their properties. Discussions are underway about conducting the annual CLE in November, which will most likely be presented via an online platform. Please watch for an announcement about the CLE in September or October so that you can register and plan to volunteer with us next year. Hopefully things will be deemed safe enough to re-launch our services in 2021.

Calling All PACO Members - Writer Needed for CBA Lawyers Quarterly Publication!

Calling all PACO members to write articles for the Fall Issue of the CBA Lawyers Quarterly publication regarding the topic of Medical Litigation field -‘Liability’ and COVID-19. The deadline for submissions will be the late August. Some of the benefits of writing for the CBA Lawyers Quarterly:

  • Fosters discussion about paralegal roles and utilization within the writer's area of practice
  • Gives your law office, legal department, corporation or government office positive exposure
  • Gives the writer the opportunity to network with others in the legal profession
  • Connects PACO and its members to the legal community
For more information, contact Garth Rowbotham at: photography@pacoparalegals.org

Renew Your Commitment to PACO

Renew your commitment to PACO! Reconnect by collaborating with other professionals and giving back to the Central Ohio community through working with paralegal students, mentoring paralegal students or junior paralegals, working with the Pro Bono Committee to serve senior citizens through the Wills Clinics, participate at a Roundtable discussion, or working on any of PACO's committees to better the organization! Reach out to any of our Committee Chairs to find out more information and opportunities to get involved with PACO.

SHOUT OUT - Anderson's Reporting

PACO would like to give a SHOUT OUT to Anderson Reporting Services, Inc. for partnering with PACO to bring our General Membership meetings to the membership via Zoom. During these unprecedented times with COVID-19 Anderson Reporting has provided our organization with the ability to keep moving forward and we truly appreciate all that you do for PACO! For more information about Anderson Reporting, click here: https://andersonreporting.com

NFPA - Paralegal Education - Enhancing Your Skills

NFPA CLE encompasses programs designed for legal professionals, covering topics in substantive areas of law; technology programs used specifically by legal practitioners, such as legal research programs; education on programs designed to assist legal professionals, such as document manage;, as well as the basics such as research, court rules and updates, recent legal decisions, writing skills and ethics. Nearly every continuing education program designed for an attorney can be taken by a paralegal, with the possible exception of topics limited to licensed attorneys, such as “How to Cross Examine a Hostile Witness”, although such topics are often of interest to senior paralegals who assist at trial.

The law is an ever evolving being – it is not just what is written in a book, but what is decided by the highest courts today and tomorrow. What was good law one day, may not be so tomorrow. So too is the ever evolving world of technology as it effects the practice of law. Thus, to keep abreast of what is new, paralegals need to take CLE. It makes you a better paralegal and a more valuable asset to your firm or legal department. For more information, click here.

ACEDS - Check out ACEDS Upcoming Community Live Events!

Check out ACEDS Knowledge & Skill Building which is taught by experts - for more information, click here.

Franklin County Law Library: Remote Resources Available

While the law library is closed, patrons can continue to use their resources remotely.

  • Email them your research requests at fcll-info@franklincountyohio.gov. They usually answer requests within the hour.
  • Fastcase is an online research database similar to Lexis and Westlaw. You can access this site remotely using the username FranklinCounty and password fastcase. Please note: Practicing paralegal members of the CBA also have access to Fastcase using your member login at www.cbalaw.org/fastcase.
  • eBooks are available through their website. Several Matthew Bender handbooks are available. (You only need your law library card number.)
  • They have 57 Legal Research Guides to help you on any number of topics. These guides are compiled by their Reference Librarian and contain information vital to your topic.
  • The Ohio Legal Help Portal is another great resource for finding legal assistance.

Feel free to download any of their legal forms.

CBA Corner: Legal Resource Guide

Check out the CBA's Legal Resource Guide, a printable index of central Ohio mediators, expert witnesses, attorney support services, local court rules and court and government information for all 88 counties in Ohio. Learn more.

If you have questions, feedback or would like more information about PACO, please contact any Board member at:

Becky Lewis – President (president@pacoparalegals.org)
Angie Vohsing – Vice-President (vp@pacoparalegals.org)
Brittany Schwab – Assistant Vice-President asstvicepres@pacoparalegals.org)
Cassandra Struble – Treasurer (treasurer@pacoparalegals.org)
Larissa West – Secretary (secretary@pacoparalegals.org)

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